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Operation Shoebox At The Weiser Community Church

By Zoe Luke

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes began in 1993 with the intent of giving to as many children as they could around the world a gift for Christmas. This year the Operation Christmas Shoe Box exceeded their goal and saw significant growth. The process of how the gifts make it to the hands of the children is all done by volunteers. 

Josh Mattson, Norm McKenzie and Ken Lukehart after loading cartons to be taken to OCC Central Drop-off in Ontario

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox increased by 25% this year. Vicki Lukehart, a passionate volunteer said “The show boxes have been going around the world since 1993 and have grown quickly. They often go into places missionaries can’t go. Each shoe box the gospel is sent. It’s not about religion. It’s about the pure word that Jesus loves them.” There have been so many lives changed with these boxes being delivered to the children. Some of these boxes make it to children who are in orphanages. When they receive a gift that is just for them These gifts make connections regardless of the current situation. 

Josh Mattson and his trailer being loaded to take cartons to Central Drop-off in Ontario

The drop off center in Weiser is the Weiser Community Church. This location receives boxes from Payette and Adams country. This is a small hub, there are hubs all over the Southeast Idaho region. All of them go to the central drop off center in Ontario. From there they are out into semi trucks. This year a little over 9,100 shoe boxes made it into the trucks. From there they travel Orange County to the processing center where they’re inspected. Due to customs in most countries, there are specific things not allowed like camo patterned items, little army men toys, liquid in toys, and toothpaste. From there they finally make their way to the ships, planes, trains they can get it out to the kids. 

Carolyn Mattson, Vicki Lukehart, Karen Chipman and Carolyn McKenzie ready to take 928 shoeboxes, which were placed into OCC cartons for delivery to Ontario Central Drop-off.

The ports all over the world have been slower than normal this year. Prayers are asked for the ports to be opened. 

From our trailer to the semi container, headed to the Processing Center in Orange County, CA

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